NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a major blow to one of New York’s greatest cultural institutions.
“The inability to perform is taking a tremendous toll on our company,” said Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met. “Our future relies on making strong artistic strides, while collectively reducing our costs until the audience has fully returned.”
In its announcement, the Met said it made the “painful decision” based on advice given from health officials to the Met and Lincoln Center.
We regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020–21 season, based on the advice of health officials. However, we are pleased to be able to announce the Met’s 2021–22 season, which will open Sep. 27, 2021.
— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera) September 23, 2020
“As you can imagine, nothing makes us sadder,” Gelb said.
The Met said a typical production requires hundreds of artists who need to rehearse and perform in close quarters — and, of course, an audience.
“It was determined that it would not be safe for the Met to resume until a vaccine is widely in use, herd immunity is established, and the wearing of masks and social distancing is no longer a medical requirement,” the Met said in a statement.
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The Met is planning to resume performances for 2021-22 season with Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Terrence Blanchard, the first opera by an African-American composer to be performed at the Met.
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